(22 March is World Water Day)
By Ranjan K Baruah
O ne of the most precious requirements for living organism is water. We can’t think of life without water. Though there is more water than land but absence of abundant fresh water is a global concern. It is more than building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.
Today, half of the world’s workers - 1.5 billion people - work in water-related sectors. Moreover, nearly all jobs, regardless of the sector, depend directly on water. Yet, despite the indelible link between jobs and water, millions of people whose livelihoods depend on water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights. As the water is related to jobs ,so, this year’s theme for water day is ‘ Better Water, Better Jobs’. This year’s World Water Day theme focuses on the central role that water plays in creating and supporting good quality jobs.
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we mage water in the future. In 1993, the United tions General Assembly desigted 22 March as the first World Water Day. 23 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world every year, shining the spotlight on a different issue. Join the movement.
Intertiol World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustaible magement of freshwater resources. An intertiol day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United tions Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United tions General Assembly responded by desigting 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
The United tions General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/47/193 of 22 December 1992 by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United tions Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) contained in Chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21.
Previous Years are as follows:
2015: Water Is Health
2014: Water and Energy
2013: Water Cooperation
2012: Water and Food security
2011: Water for cities: responding to the urban challenge
2010: Clean Water for a Healthy World
2009: Shared Water - Shared Opportunities
2007: Coping with Water Scarcity
2006: Water and Culture
2005: Water for Life
There is no doubt that every drop is precious. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to preserve water. We can contribute in many ways to conserve water. There are different campaigns around the world which focuses on water. As this year’s theme is related to water and jobs hence there is another perspective to conserve water means better water means more jobs. Let us all contribute towards water preservations and conservation. As climate change is bringing more problem, so we have to contribute towards conservation of water for ourselves and for every living and nonliving things which needs water. (With direct inputs from UN Publication and published on the occasion of Water Day and feedback may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org)